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Toyota RAV4 Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a low beam, high beam, turn signal or side marker light bulb in a 4th generation 2013 to 2016 Toyota RAV4.

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2013 RAV4 Headlight
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Low - High - Turn Signal
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Passenger Side - Washer Bottle

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the fourth generation (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and maybe also the refreshed 2017 model year) Toyota RAV4 SUV in changing a burnt out low beam, high beam, front turn signal or side marker light bulb in the headlight assemblies.

Owners of other Toyota, Lexus or Scion vehicles such as the Yaris, Matrix, Prius, Camry, Corolla, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra, FJ Cruiser, Venza, Highlander, Avalon, Sequoia, Land Cruiser, IS 250, ES 350, GS 350, tC, xB, xD, iQ and FR-S may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The replacement light bulb part numbers are as follows: Low Beam # 9005, High Beam # 9005, Front Turn Signal # 7444NA and Front Side Marker # 2825, W5W or 168.

To replace the bulbs on the passenger side, you'll need a flathead screwdriver to remove the washer fluid hose.

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Pry Out Top of Fastener
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Remove Plastic Pop Rivet
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Move Back Washer Fluid Hose
No tools are needed to replace any of the bulbs on the driver side of the SUV.

Replacing the low beam or high beam bulb on the passenger side is much easier if you disconnect the windshield washer fluid filler hose.

Pry up the center of the black plastic fastener with a flathead screwdriver. Then pull out the entire pop rivet and set it aside in a safe place.

Move the windshield washer fluid filler tube away from the headlight assembly.

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Low Beam Bulb Housing
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Press Release Tab
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Disconnect Power Plug
The Low Beam bulb is located near the outer area of the headlight housing.

Press the release tab on the black plastic electrical connector before sliding it straight off.

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Rotate Counterclockwise
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Remove Dust Cover
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Base of Old Low Beam Bulb
Rotate the round black plastic dust cap 1/4 turn counterclockwise before removing it.

The wires will keep it attached to the power plug on the base of the old bulb.

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Blue Plastic Connector
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Pull Back Retaining Clip
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Pull Off Power Plug
Gently pull back the retaining clip on the blue plastic electrical connector before sliding it off the base of the old low beam bulb.
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Power Plug Disconnected
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Remove Old Low Beam Bulb
Rotate the base of the old low beam bulb 1/4 turn counterclockwise before removing it from the socket.
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Low Beam Bulb Socket
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Sylvania 9005 12V 60W
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Insert New # 9005 Bulb
Try to avoid touching the glass part of the new halogen bulbs with your fingers or anything greasy in the engine bay.

If you do get the new bulb dirty, wipe it clean with an alcohol moistened paper towel.

Insert a new # 9005 low beam bulb in to the housing.

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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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Push On Power Plug
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Dust Cap - 1/4 Turn Clockwise
Rotate the new low beam bulb 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

Push the blue plastic power plug straight on to the base of the new bulb until it clicks securely in to place.

Replace the round black plastic dust cover and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

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Plastic Dust Cover Secured
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Push On Electrical Connector
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High Beam - Middle
Push the black plastic electrical connector on to the socket attached to the back side of the dust cap.

The High Beam bulb is located near the middle of the headlight assembly.



 

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Base of High Beam Bulb
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Press Release Tab
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Slide Off Power Plug
Press the release tab on the black plastic electrical connector and slide the plug straight off the base of the old high beam light bulb.
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Remove Old High Beam
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Sylvania 9005 - 12V 60W
Rotate the base of the old bulb 1/4 turn counterclockwise and remove it from the housing.

(Tip - The high beam bulb is also part number 9005. So if you have a burnt out low beam bulb, you can swap it with the high beam and avoid being pulled over and/or getting a ticket for having a burnt out headlight.)

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Empty Bulb Socket
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Insert New 9005 Bulb
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Insert a new # 9005 bulb in to the high beam socket and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.
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Push On Electrical Connector
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Turn Signal - Inner Corner
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Turn Signal Bulb Socket
Push the black plastic electrical connector straight on to the base of the new high beam bulb until it clicks securely in to place.

The Front Turn Signal light bulb is located at the bottom inner corner of the headlight assembly.

Reach in behind the headlight assembly and rotate the grey plastic bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.

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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Pull Out Old Light Bulb
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7444NA Turn Signal
Pull the old turn signal light bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 7444NA (or W21W) bulb.
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Push In Turn Signal Bulb
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Side Marker - Outer Corner
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Side Marker Bulb Socket
Re-insert the bulb socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

The Front Side Marker light bulb socket is located at the outer edge of the housing.

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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Bulb Socket Removed
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Old # W5W Bulb
Rotate the orange / tan bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise and pull it straight out of the housing.

Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 2825 or W5W bulb.

If necessary, you may also be able to use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # 168, 158, 194 or a compatible LED unit.

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Push In New W5W or 168
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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Test Low Beam & Signal
Re-insert the bulb socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.
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Testing High Beam Headlight
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Replace Filler Tube
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Line Up Fastener Hole
Test the new light bulbs by turning on the headlights, flashing the high beams and activating the hazard signals.

If you removed the windshield washer filler hose, push it back in to place.

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Re-Insert Pop Rivet
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Push In Center of Fastener
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Filler Hose Replaced
Re-insert the plastic pop rivet and push down the center of the fastener to secure it in place.

For more, check out my other 2013-2016 Toyota RAV4 DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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